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  1. This will pass for GM. No matter what Trump says, most politicians understand that GM cannot keep plants open when there is no demand for the vehicles being produced in them. And with passenger cars sales sinking for virtually every manufacturer, this can't be solved by simply telling GM to make a better Cruze or CT6. I believe that the bigger challenge facing GM is the mixed reception its new pickups have received.
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    GM Novenber 2018 Sales

    So much for the "bump" in passenger car sales that other manufacturers were going to experience in the wake of Ford's announcement. Over at Honda, Civic sales are down for the month (by almost 30 percent!), and while the Accord was up for the month (by a whopping 1.6 percent), it is still down for the year. These are two class-leading products. The CR-V is by far the best-selling Honda. I wish there were some way for Ford to keep the Fusion and Focus, but I can understand the reasons behind its move.
  3. The XT4 and XT5 look good - although, up close, some of the details show ragged edges on the XT5s I've seen - but I don't seem them as "game changers" for Cadillac. The new Aviator, on the other hand, will probably "conquest" a fair number of sales from other brands.
  4. Wow - I really like it. And I haven't been wild about crossovers. But this is exactly what the market wants.
  5. This type of story never seems to take into account a critical factor - namely, the vehicles each company is producing, or plans to produce. The Cadillac XT4 and new Silverado/Sierra have been received without much enthusiasm by reviewers, and one insider on another site has claimed that the interior of the Blazer is worse than that of the Silverado in terms of quality. GM's new vehicles have been - to me, anyway - somewhat underwhelming. And Cadillac is still a mess. (Whatever one can say about Lincoln, at least Ford has not spent barrels of money on it without much to show for it.) The Lincoln Aviator looks like a home run, and I'm guessing that the new Explorer will be, too. And the "Baby Bronco" looks like a winner. It's a more than a little premature to say that GM is winning the race.
  6. I can see one plant being "saved" during the negotiations, but I doubt that all of them will be saved. Most likely three plants are going to close no matter what, one is marginal, and one will receive a product allocation to allow the UAW to save face during the negotiations. The bottom line is that Mary Barra is no Rick Wagoner. She isn't waiting until the wolf is at the door to make necessary changes, or relying on GM's past glories to paper over current challenges.
  7. grbeck

    Honda Passport revealed

    It looks like a Honda Pilot with a bobbed tail and a different grille.
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    GM to close Oshawa (Canada) plant

    Interesting that the Cadillac CT6 may be on the chopping block. That is the very type of vehicle - a large, rear-wheel-drive passenger car - that Lincoln is supposed to be building, according to the internet experts. Yes, the Lincoln Continental is also most likely going away, but I seriously doubt that Ford invested as much to bring the Continental to market as Cadillac did for the CT6.
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    Is Ford in trouble?

    Maybe this is all part of a ploy to get maximum publicity. "We're dropping all passenger cars except the Mustang!" The result was massive news coverage. Then, after things are sorted out - "We're bringing back the sedan versions of the Focus and Fusion because of popular demand!" Which would result in far more news coverage than would ever be generated by simply rolling out updated versions of both cars.
  10. That will no doubt convince prospects!
  11. Which leaves us to wonder why, exactly, potential customers would view a Sierra as a "step up" from a Silverado.
  12. The most vehement complaints center on the low-grade interior materials and restricted availability of the 10-speed transmission. Is GM deliberately "handicapping" Chevrolet to give prospective customers a reason to buy a GMC pickup?
  13. Regarding the lack of product knowledge among many sales people at dealerships - years ago I interviewed for a sales position at a local chain of dealerships. The interview was with the new owner of the dealership group. I quickly picked up that he wanted to hire people who were interested in SELLING, not interested in cars. His goal was to move the metal as quickly as possible. His priority was not a sales force that could explain the details of the internal combustion engine, or the difference between an overhead-valve and an overhead-cam engine.
  14. Here in Pennsylvania, we have this problem in Philadelphia. This results in a very high percentage of people in Philadelphia driving without insurance (and in Pennsylvania, you must have insurance to legally register your vehicle).
  15. The New York metropolitan area is one of the largest markets for luxury vehicles in the country. About 45 percent of households in the city own a car (and that's just households in the city - this figure doesn't include households in the suburbs). That still equates to 1.4 million households in the city that own at least one vehicle (and some households own more than one vehicle). Thanks to its sheer numbers, the New York metropolitan area is still a significant market for new vehicles. Whether it was wise for Cadillac to move its headquarters there is another matter.
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